Digital Conflict

By Kevin Coleman

Blog archive

Leadership training needed for cyber warfare

The primary responsibility of military leaders is to get the job done. Military leaders are now challenged with getting the job done in cyberspace. Most academics and military strategists agree that the weaponization of software used to attack electronic targets connected to the Internet has expanded the skill set and personal knowledge base it takes to be a leader in the modern military.

Educational institutions in all branches of the military are asking: What does it take to be a military leader entrusted with responsibilities for operations on the cyber battlefield? That is a question that our military is addressing. Every branch of our armed services is now in need of leaders fluent in the art and science of cyber warfare.

Traditional leadership programs are being modified and expanded to address some of the unique challenges posed by military cyberspace operations. One example of a military educational institution addressing this issue is the Army War College. Through unique curriculum and study programs, the college helps military, civilian and international participants prepare for strategic leadership in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational cyber environment. One of its studies specifically addresses the knowledge requirement of senior leaders as it relates to cyberspace operations. A public report from a workshop the college conducted is available.

Militaries around the world are working to anticipate and prepare for the future and that includes cultivating 21st century leadership. Surprisingly, some organizations and individuals are resisting change and forcing cyber operations into traditional military models. Failure to adapt leadership models to the new hybrid conflict environment ushered in by cyberspace is very dangerous.

Posted by Kevin Coleman on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM


Featured

  • Defense
    Soldiers from the Old Guard test the second iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) capability set during an exercise at Fort Belvoir, VA in Fall 2019. Photo by Courtney Bacon

    IVAS and the future of defense acquisition

    The Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System has been in the works for years, but the potentially multibillion deal could mark a paradigm shift in how the Defense Department buys and leverages technology.

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

Stay Connected